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to justify the president's use of drones to kill al qaeda suspects, including, in some cases, u.s. citizens. our national investigative correspondent michael isikoff broke the story and has our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated in an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda, and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico, and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens, who
's the price of gas. suddenly sky-high again. >>> there's been another terrorist attack on a u.s. outpost overseas. our own richard engel is there, all of it playing out when we get a new secretary of state. >>> new rules in the ongoing fight over birth control coverage. the president makes an offer. the question is, will religious leaders give it their blessing? >>> and the big game. it's all over, but the shouting, the fans are in place, the excitement is building. oh, but wait. we're talking about the puppy bowl on sunday. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. late today the stock market crossed over something of a mythic mark of the modern era and the dow jones industrials closed above 14,000 for the first time since 2007. and we all remember what happened back then. the stock market has been on a tear of late, gaining almost 7% so far this year. s&p and nasdaq also up. we started the day by learning the unemployment rate had inched up to 7.9% again, while the economy actually adde
mining does exist in the u.s., in one place -- arkansas. that's why the state flag's most prominent feature is a big blue-and-white diamond. >> the flag of arkansas pays tribute to the diamonds that have been mined in that state. if you look at the flag, you'll see a diamond shape with stars inside of it, and also, the white field is in a diamond shape. >> arkansas was the 25th state to enter the union, and there are 25 white stars on the border. the blue stars stand for countries that have claimed the area through its history -- spain, france, the u.s.a., and one other. >> this star represents arkansas' place in the confederacy. after they seceded from the union, they joined the confederacy in 1861. >> arkansas withdrew from the union during the civil war, but it was a state divided. >> at that time, 60,000 people sided with the confederacy. however, 15,000 people from the state chose to stick with the union. >> nowadays, arkansans are united in their pride -- pride for their state's natural beauty and for their diamonds. in fact, tourists are welcome to hunt for the gems at crater
hometown. plus... a former u-s attorney general... speaks out on behalf of the family of late football coach joe paterno. why they say the "freeh report"... is factually wrong. covering the nation... the family of late football coach joe paterno... responds to the so-called "freeh" report, commissioned by penn state university. along with former u-s attorney general dick thornburgh... the paternos called the report "factually wrong, speculative, and fundamentally flawed." former f-b-i director louis freeh says he stands by his report. former assistant coach, jerry sandusky was convicted of child sex abuse crimes last year. he now faces a prison term of 30 to 60 years. a middle school student in washington state is expelled... for writing a "kill list" that targeted 10 classmates. the school's principal says police are unsure if the list was created as a joke ... but in light of recent events, autorities are taking threats like these more seriously. parents are hoping this will serve as a wake-up call. the student could be charged with felony harassment, which carries a penalty of up to
enforcement, even food inspection. and there are big worries about how it will hit the u.s. economy. >>> his side of the story. an emotional oscar pistorius in court for the first time. what he says really happened the night his girlfriend was killed. >>> and the brazen diamond heist at the airport right on the tarmac. a huge game of deception, $50 million worth of diamonds gone without a trace. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news with brian williams." >> good evening. it's an explosive allegation, and it's what we've all been warned about for years since the dawn of the computer age. a u.s. security firm says over 140 targets in this country have been hit electronically by a branch of the chinese military. big companies, you name it, some of the best-known brand names in the u.s. but more troubling than that is the idea that chinese hackers could reach into american society. the systems that run the country, our infrastructure and preserve order like power systems, air traffic, financial industry. it's a sweeping r
drone strikes against u.s. citizens. lawmakers are expected to zero on on mr. obama's chief terrorist adviser and what he knew and when he knew it. the tactic faces new recruit any of after release of confidential documents. >>> and there are documents showing drones used to kill members of al qaeda. that brought back after demands of the legal justification for the strikes. late wednesday the white house bowed to growing political pressure and agreed to hand over the documents to congress. >>> senator dianne feinstein said lawmakers should know what brennan knew and when he knew it. she released a statement, it is critical for the committee's oversight function to fully understand the legal basis for all the counterterrorism operation. >> last summer, brennan said the use of drone strikes by the u.s. has turned al qaeda into quote, a shadow of what it once was. under president obama, the program has been used to take out 400 terrorist targets in pakistan and the middle east. >>> potential cuts in the defense department have already faced changes in the military operations. the pentag
the world start to loosen up the purse strings a little bit. nothing to write home about, but in the u.s. as an example, stay and local government actually grew for us this quarter and federal was not down as much year over year as we've seen in prior quarters. >> and another sign of improvement in the housing market. the number of u.s. homes entering the folk process in january fell to a level not seen since the peak of the housing boom. down 11% from december but all is not well, says housing barren sam zell. >> everybody kind of has ignored the fact that there's still 3 to 4 million houses in purgatory. not for sale. not foreclosed. maybe occupied, maybe not occupied. and you've got to address that. >> if you're looking for somebody who has done it all, look no further. he's with us. bob hormats is vice president of goldman sachs international. at the state department making the case for american companies overseas. bob, it's good to see you again. >> great to be back on your show. >> let me begin on sort of this front and center issue that we're all talking about and that is sequestr
is ordering all u.s. special troops out. the order came after allegations are torturing -- u.s. troops are torturing afghans. he wants the accused afghans handed over. the cuban leader will serve another five-year term but it will be his last. he announced today he will retire in 2018. the cuban national assembly says castro has called for senior leaders to hold off for more -- hold office for no more than two terms. a milestone moment witnessed by thousands. pope benedict delivered his final sunday blessing. as anne thompson explains, he prepares for retirement and it new controversy. >> during the final blessing of pope benedict. the 100,000 people not only got a blessing but they heard the pope give more reason for why he is retiring. he told the crowd got has called him on the mountain. -- god has called him on the mountain to live a life of prayer and meditation. he wants to live this life with the same kind of dedication but to do so in a way more appropriate for his age and strength. >> affection, closeness, and prayer. >> the event played out against the background of a new sca
and u.s. airways, find out if it will affect travel prizes, next. >> the rain is starting to clear out to the east and we're watching the next batch of moisture. we will have details coming up. here is a live look at ocean city and it is foggy there. the rain is 32 and along the coast. in baltimore, is 46 deg >> more and more signs point to a likely merger brief -- between american airlines and united airways with a formal announcement perhaps coming this week. what would this mean for ticket prices? >> if you already bought -- thought you were paying a lot to fly, a merger between american airlines and usair was could add insult to injury. >> this is the fourth mega- merger in three years. >> in the long term, there will be less competition and this will raise ticket prices. in the short term, we are already going to seek higher prices. >> there are bright spots to this potential merger. travelers may have a better experience in the long run. >> you'll get on airplanes and there is moonlighting and you will look up and the bins will hold your bag. you will sit down in seats that were
on a missile that could reach the u.s. it's the country's third test since 2006 and the first under leader king jong-un. president obama went on to say move hurts stability in the region but promises to pursue firm action. the u.s. security council has scheduled an emergency meeting for later this morning. and china has shown opposition to the test. >>> fugitive chris dorner is on today from the police dragnet in los angeles. the former lapd cop has been officially charged with killing michael crane in riverside last thursday. dorner is also suspected in two other revenge shooting deaths. meanwhile, large wanted billboards featuring dorner's picture are now up in southern california. there's a $1 million reward for information leading to his capture. >>> meanwhile, in chicago a manhunt has ended and two men have been charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old hadiya pendleton 18-year-old michael ward and and 20-year-old kenneth williams face charges of murder and attempted murder with battery. they say they opened fire on hadiya last month. officials say it was a tragic case of mistaken ident
with the asteroid happens today in the u.s. the asteroid called 2012 da2014 will zoom pass us. that's below the orbit of satellite. the closest approach by a space raublg like that in more than a century. now, it poses no danger to us, but if it fell to earth, it could explode with the force of an atomic bomb. >>> a day's ordeal has finally come to an end for people on board the cruise ship triumph. nbc's mark porter is in mobile where he watched the ship come in. mark. good morning. what have you been hearing from passengers coming off of that ship? >> reporter: well, we're hearing that they're very glad to be on land, mara, as you can imagine. the passengers are all off the ship now. things were pretty quiet here. the ship arrived here about 10:15 eastern time tonight. we knew it was arriving because it was blowing its horns and passengers were cheering from the railing. the carnival ceo went on board to personally apologize to all the passengers. after that, they were allowed to leave. it took several hours for all the hours to get off the ship. some of them were met by friends and relat
headgear. u.s. across has no time line for recommendations or potential role in action. the response, it is irresponsible to enact legislation requiring had protection in women's lacrosse without a clear understanding of the mechanism of head injury. a version of the sport that is different from its male counterpart. he said his organization is studying the issue. >> from the public to political activism. baltimore's archbishop will make a rare appearance tomorrow before lawmakers. more about this story. >> the death penalty is one of the hot topics of this legislative session. the archbishop said that he is ready to speak his mind. from speaking before parishioners on ash wednesday to testifying before politicians, baltimore archbishop william laurie wil to convince lawmakers to vote against the death penalty. >> people commit heinous crimes and should be punished but we feel there is a better way than capital punishment, especially because there is life without parole. >> it is unusual for the catholic leader to get political but his predecessor, edwin o'brien, testified in 2009 in
at this time. >>> also in turkey tonight new details are emerging about the suicide bomber who attacked the u.s. embassy in ankora killing a turkish security guard and himself. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in ankora with that and developing news out of egypt tonight as well. >> reporter: we are learning from turkish officials the bomber was a well known militant from a far left group and he served more than four years in a turkish prison, was involved in a hunger strike, and was eventually released from jail for medical reasons. he left the country and then returned from greece on a fake passport, but turkish officials don't know how long he's been in the country. they think he's been in ankora for ten days. this isn't the only situation u.s. officials are concerned about in the region. there is also egypt. u.s. officials are worried that ongoing clashes in egypt, including ones in front of the presidential palace, could be a signal that the egyptian government, led by president morsi of the muslim brotherhood is losing control of the streets of egypt, which would be a maj
stands at $7,000. >> the cdc reports failed drug overdoses in the u.s. are on the rise for the 11th year in a row. -- fatal drug overdoses in the u.s. are on the rise for the 11th year in a row. more than half involve prescription drugs, mainly painkillers. prescription drug deaths have outnumbered those from heroin and cocaine combine. also the number of people getting botox is on the rise. 8%. injections a rat are up more than 14 million received some kind of plastic surgery last year. six millions of those were botox treatments. after a lot of bad press and a steady suggests drinking diet beverages may have some health benefits. researchers asked 300 overweight or obese adults to substitute two sugary ridges. both groups lower their calorie intake. those who consumed more water eight more fruits and vegetables but those who win without -- with the diet drink ended up eating fewer deserts and that goes against a previous hypothesis that diet beverages could boost your preference for sweets. >> >> the gusty winds across the area of making it feel a lot colder than what the temperature m
the money." it is the u.s. government versus standard & poor's. the most aggressive move yet by the justice department to hold accountable a financial company at the center of the financial melt down of 2008. the $5 billion civil suit charges s&p intended to defraud investors, aaa ratings they did not deserve. standard & poor's' attorney says not so farst fast. >> the ratings that were issued were believed by the people who issued them and that's what the government has got to disprove, that -- the government's got to show in this case not that a lot of people lost money because of their investments. the government has to show that standard & poor's literally disbelieved the tradings. >> meanwhile, choppy week for the markets. dow with its worse day of the year on monday falling triple digits and then getting most of that back on tuesday. the markets rebounded later in the week. so what's next? >> i still think we're going to have a correction. the markets started the year with the investors pretty complacent. now they're almost euphoric. everybody you have on the program thinks the market
organization, incorrectly referred to the u.s. policy on iran and nuclear weapons as containment. >> by the way, i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. >> reporter: hagel said he fully backs the president's position that iran cannot be allowed to get nuclear weapons and says the u.s. should talk to iran. >> that was nbc's kelly o'connell. >>> three stories that we'll be developing later today. secretary of state hillary clinton says her good-byes at the white house in the morning and then gives a farewell address at state later in the afternoon. moments later, john kerry takes the oath and the title of secretary of state. >>> meanwhile, keep an eye on vice president joe bide hoon is in germany meeting with angela merkel. they'll have a midday conference. how is your friday weekend looking? bill karins is here. >> happy february. groundhog's going to be popping up soon. >> and hopefully spring is here. >> we all hope. let's look at the cold, yesterday it was the big story. minneapolis to fargo and now spread as far south as chicago and minneapolis. the windchill is on the brutal side. min
as calling the past its response to what it describes as u.s. threats. the u.s. security council warned the tusk were a clear threat to international peace and security. -- the tests wre a clear threat to international peace and security. >> new research suggests a certain supplement can we discuss -- reduced the risk of artisan. >> a storm approaching from the south bring rain and snow. >> smoke blaneketed a baltimore county neighborhood tonight. firefighters were called to the home of 8400 block of stock would block for a chimney fire -- 8400 block of dogwood block. dustin grogan is facing felony theft charges. they laid him to a bronze markers at a memorial park that started disappearing last summer. authorities are contacting family members of the deceased. if you are anyone might be a victim, call 410-222-6018. >> medical alert tonight with new research that says taking folic acid during pregnancy reduces the risk of a child developing autism. >> doctors already advised pregnant women to take 400 micro grams of folic acid daily to prevent serious birth defects but this new study sh
running out -- for this storm. is quickly. >> according to cnn, nearly 3000 u.s. flights have already been grounded for today and tomorrow. many airlines are offering free rebooking. united and southwest airlines are also including chicago. the snow and when prompted amtrak to halt service between new york and boston this afternoon. you can see the interactive radar contract updates and see pictures and video of the areas hardest hit by the storm on our web site, wbaltv.com. at least eight people are in the hospital following a carbon monoxide scare in east baltimore. baltimore city fire crews responded to the 1600 block of north broadway. we are told that a furnace in the home of function, leading to high carbon monoxide readings. about an hour later, crews responded to his side elementary school for another co scare. officials found high carbon monoxide readings in the boiler room. no one required treatment and they continued as usual. a mother is charged with murdering her young daughter and disposing of the body. chelsea booth told investigators that she killed her 2-year-old daughter
of protecting the middle class. >> he will demonstrate how we have to invest in manufacturing, making the u.s. a magnet for job growth, preparing our work force, and making sure that if you work hard, you can earn a good living. >> congress has two weeks to reach a budget deal to cut the deficit or face $85 billion in automatic spending cuts. the president is continuing an old argument with a balance of spending cuts and revenues. >> let us know one thing, when the ballots? >> gun-control is also on tonight's agenda. house democrats are bringing those affected by gun violence as their guests. from domestic battles to international unrest, president obama will have strong words for north korea who this morning conducted its third nuclear test. in a statement, the president called it a highly provocative act and promised to pursue firm action. in afghanistan, the president is expected to detail the end of the u.s.-led war there, promising 40,000 troops will be home by this time next year. florida senator rubio will deliver the republican response. following the address, the president leaves on
this week showed drones had been cleared for use against u.s. citizens suspected of working as u.s. terrorists. nbc's tracie potts is live. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. in his hearing, brennan strongly defended the use of drones but he distanced himself from questionable interrogation tactics used on terror suspects. >> truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth. >> reporter: it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers, on drone attacks and even americans. at least three killed so far. >> any american who did that should know well that they in fact are part of an enemy against us and that the united states will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save american lives. >> reporter: drones are used against imminent threats, he said, not as payback. but some are still concerned if it's legal and asked what if the cia takes out the wrong person. >> we've got to see, any and all, of those legal opinions, the ones that the bipartisan group of senators asked for before the vote. >> would that individual please -- >> reporter
of the range of the u.s. radar. nova scotia is getting a lot of snow right now. we cannot reach it on the radar. you can see snow up in the state of maine. cape cod is still getting snow. 1,500 miles to the west in missouri and arkansas, oklahoma, texas, into nebraska, there is something new. it is a new storm. the entire weather pattern has shifted to make it easier for a nor'easter to develop. this storm was the leading edge of that. there could be several more this month. but it's a pattern is developing. >> a pattern for developing these things is out there. >> i do not think this storm will follow that group. at the end of the week, there is something that looks suspicious. we will have to see how it develops. >> thank you so much for the latest on the weather. the storms. maryland us know. we saw plenty of wind. that led to plenty of power outages in the greater baltimore area. crews have restored power to about 4000 homes in the last 24 hours. utilities are reported only 64 homes without electricity at this hour. stay informed any time severe weather strikes. download our smartphone app.
. >> airlines are canceling hundreds of flights. according to cnn, nearly 3000 u.s. flights have been cancelled for friday and saturday. airlines are offering waivers. the expected snow and wind prompted amtrak to halt service between new york and boston friday afternoon. so far, the northeast corridor south of new york is not affected. >> left in look at the forecast -- to get a look at the forecast. >> the red shaded region from coast of maine to boston down to providence and into new york city, the area there, blizzard warning. that is where the worst of the storm will be tomorrow night into saturday morning. it has two parts. one coming up from the carolinas and the midwest. they will combine. it will brush past our area. the winter weather advisory in effect for rain, sleet, and snow tomorrow morning and perhaps more snow tomorrow night. more details coming up. > >> you can track the storms anywhere you are. our own and enjoy it aps. -- try our new iphone and android apps. >> embarrassing and expensive commission for st. joseph medical center. they submitted false claims to medicare and me
worldwide. under fire after nbc news obtained a memo that includes deadly strikes against u.s. citizens that are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self defense. among those targeted, an war al alawki, killed in yemen in 2011. >> it is a chilling dumt document. it sets out the government's intentions to kill american citizens. >> reporter: demanding more transparency about the strikes and is expected to target john brennan during his cia confirmation hearings, beginning tomorrow. president obama on tuesday urged congress to act. >> they should at least pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay economically damaging effect of the sequester for a few more months. >> reporter: if you think of it as a t-bone stake, the sequester is like a butcher's knife, lobbing off a big piece. republicans want to avoid the cuts but dismissed the president's proposed solution outright. the white house has made other news this week, saying the president will head to israel for the first time for the first time since taking office this spring, savanna
on saturday morning. they will be releasing them tonight so they can get them out of the streets. >> when u.s. airways and american merger later this month, there will only be four major carriers left in the u.s. in 2001 there were 10. delta, southwest, and u.s.- american. the consolidations have not cause a spike in ticket prices. pricewaterhousecoopers found they are up less than 2% a year. the volume of first-class mail was down 4.5%. congress mandated that the postal service freeze on health- care benefits. since then, the u.s. ps has been struggling. the have toys default on loan payments. it is still on clear if they can do it without the help of congress. the so-called fiscal cliff may have been resolved. at the beginning in january, a sharp increase in payroll taxes has taken a bite out of our wallets. the chain store sales have weakened as they suggest consumer confidence is suffering. the 2% applies to all earned didn't come up to $113,000. the payroll tax holiday will decrease disposable income. running through midnight, qualifying products will be exempt from the 6% sales tax. it
, since the time of abraham lincoln. but today the u.s. postal service says delivering the mail on saturdays must stop. if they are to survive. it's one of two american institutions in the news tonight for differing reasons in changing times. we want to begin tonight with nbc's tom costello in glen echo, maryland. tom, good evening. >> reporter: hi, brian, no secret the postal service is up to its neck in red ink, handling 30 billion fewer pieces of first class mail today than just four years ago. and guess what? delivery of packages booming because we're all buying stuff online. this action is about just trying to keep the lights on. for people all over america, like 71-year-old lois sexton in tennessee, that mailbox at the end of the driveway has been a reliable connection to the rest of the world. >> that's my communication with the people i have my retirement with, my social security. >> reporter: since 1863, six days a week, rain or shine, letters, bills, government checks, newspapers, even movies, have arrived, even on saturday. now the 21st century with its e-mail, e-card
750,000 square miles. it will hit fully 20% of the u.s. population. 60 million americans. we have it all covered tonight, starting with weather channel meteorologist mike seidel. he's in kansas city, where this storm, by the way, is hitting two days after that huge explosion and fire in the downtown area. but it's just one of the cities in the path. mike, good evening. >> and good evening, brian. so far this storm has been responsible for five deaths here in kansas city. a wall of white rolled through this morning, dumping snow, as much as 3 inches an hour, shutting down the airport and causing a state of emergency. that scene was repeated across many cities and areas of the midwest. armed with snowplows and shovels, the midwest today tried its best to fight back against a wicked winter storm that brought strong winds. near whiteout conditions. even thundersnow. as the deadly system that brought record snow to arizona, oklahoma and texas swept into the great plains today, schools and businesses were closed, and transportation in several states nearly ground to a halt. in kansas, a
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eyes bulged. yeah. this is really bad. >>> also tonight, did the u.s. marine corps abandon a group of marines and military family members after they developed a rare and surprising disease? dr. nancy snyderman investigates a controversy. >> when is the leadership of the marine corps going to stand up and say we made a mistake? >>> also tonight, kate snow goes inside the fight to save the pandas including some of the very youngest. >> you are too cute. look at you. >> their ircystability is beyond dispute, so what is it about the effort to protect them that makes this wild life expert so upset. >> you said once i would happily eat the last panda on earth if you could spend the money on worth while. in all seriousness, why did you say that? >> "rock center" gets under way. good evening. welcome to "rock center." the first glimpse americans ever got of oscar pistorius was on this broadcast in the run-up to the summer olympic games in london. we aired what became the defining profile of him reported by mary carrillo of nbc sports who traveled to south africa and got to know this unusua
capital murder charges in the shooting death of chris kyle, a u.s. sniper who starred in the reality series "stars earn stripes." kyle and a friend were gunned down at a north texas shooting range. >> in an interview with the "today" show last year, kyle said he had no regrets about his actions in combat. >> every person i killed, i have a clear conscience of because they were actively trying to harm americans, allies, or civilians. >> routh was a military veteran, but his motives are still unclear. he's being held on $3 million bond. >>> we are entering the seventh day of the hostage standoff in alabama. a 5-year-old boy is still being held in an underground bunker by jim lee dykes. police say dykes shot and killed a school bus driver last tuesday and abducted the child. police continue to negotiate with dykes who has received medicine for the boy and is believed to be making the boy as comfortable as possible. the funeral for the bus driver was held sunday. as hundreds turned out to pay tribute to charles poland who was hailed as a hero for protecting the other children on the scho
outside and they're incinerated in the drone attack. one of these guys was on the u.s. side. so not only is class value damage but also creates a -- collateral damage but also creates a lot of resentment. >> families and children killed, especially in northern pakistan but families and children of terrorists. and so, you know, i don't know that it's gotten much farther beyond that. >> brennan was asked this week about -- by senator wideman. what do we do if we make a mistake? and the c.i.a. director was quick to respond and said, we need to make that public, unlike -- >> i think the real problem here is that this has been an executive branch operation. what they're now doing is opening it up to the appropriate people in the congress because the more eyeballs you have on the policy, maybe there should be a court, as dianne feinstein suggests but you demystify it. chris: when you're commander in chief, you have three options, start a war, put in an army to get the bad guys or use an elite team, a seal team, for example, to go in at a great risk to them and aggravation to the host country l
california and going to head straight to the u.s. this is a big storm that's going to cause problems for traveling, especially later on tonight and all day thursday. let me show you where the storm is located. and the temperatures tell the story. we are watching the storm with a chilly 41 in san francisco and l.a. rain and snow in the mountains. the cold air is in place around kansas city, up through areas of nebraska, iowa and missouri. that's where the storm itself is locked in. you can spinning through southern california. that is going to exit out through the plains. we already have a big area of rain developing in north texas and southern oklahoma. eventually, as this storm kicks out we will be watching a lot of snow developing. we already have winter storm warnings much of kansas and nebraska. these are all winter storm watches that will go over as either warnings or advisories in the days ahead. our computers, one of the more reliable computers is pinpointed snow from oklahoma northward to nebraska. 6 to 12 inches in a large area, including, kansas city, wichita and topeka are
. >> on the fiscal front the u.s. treasury reported a rare surplus in january of $2.9 billion thanks to that social security tax cut that expired last month. >>> meanwhile, transunion says the national rate hike on payments has fallen. >>> a happy valentine's day is not compliblg indicated. 79% of women said a romantic dinner and movie is their preferred valentine's day date. but a special treat to help your lady wouldn't hurt. edible shoe designs from the chocolatier go from $30 to $50 a pair. >>> meet the world's basketball free-throw shooter in action. >>> plus, what started this courtroom brawl. and how did it get so out of control? >>> welcome back. now to some other stories that caught our eye this morning. we start with nebraska where drama in a courtroom with two families attending a sentencing hearing broke into an all-out brawl. police had to use pepper spray and fin down some of the fighters to regain control of the situation. one person was september to the hospital and two others were arrested. >>> in boston, all that snow has to go somewhere. so city crews have enlisted a snowzillo th
kennedy as well as photographs and some books. >>> u.s. markets are closed for the president's day holiday. when traders get back to work this week, the housing recovery will be a big focus. fresh homebuilder centsment comes out tomorrow, housing starts wednesday, existing home sales thursday. investors will also be on the hunt for some clarity from the fed. the release of its last meeting minutes. the question is whether there's been any more talk of ending its easy money policy. >>> also on deck, walmart's earnings report. speculation is swirling after bloomberg quoted an internal e-mail saying walmart's february sales were "total disaster." gold will also be on the radar this week. the recent market darling has tumbled to a six-month low, shedding 4% already this year. >>> prices at the pump have been on the rise each of the past 29 days, rising seven cents this week to a average in of $3.64 a gallon, 12 cents more than last year. >>> a strike by a major spanish airline could ground more than 1,000 flights this week. workers at iberia began a five-day strike at midnight over plans to cu
on the u.s. by hacking into our online systems. >> it is something we're working on constantly and we will take necessary measures to enhance our cybersecurity. >> the white house wants fines and other sanctions as part of a more aggressive stance on cyberattacks, especially those from china the news comes a couple of days after a firm linked to a chinese military units was accused of stealing secrets. countries spying on other countries online is nothing new, according to cyber security experts. but what is different about the china hack is the focus of u.s. infrastructure. >> that could give them leverage to either launch an attack or just have political leverage in knowing the vulnerabilities of our nation. >> officials in beijing and said they had nothing to do with the cyberattacks exposed, pointing out that china has been a victim, too. >> most of the attacks come from the united states. >> president obama signed an executive order to strengthen the cyber security by giving things like sharing more information. hallie jackson, wbal-tv 11 news. >> have you heard that the price to
, but it gets really fatal. [ siren wails ] >> every 10 minutes, someone in the u.s. is rushed to the emergency room with a severe allergic reaction. what's more, food allergies are becoming more common. peanut allergies alone have tripled since our parents were kids. >> i have a friend who's allergic to almonds. >> my friends are allergic to nuts, berries, and milk. >> my best friend is allergic to peanuts. >> one of my friends, she's allergic to peanuts. [ mid-tempo piano music playing ] >> unfortunately, many people don't realize just how serious food allergies can be. heather had to educate her friends and classmates and even a teacher who was using peanut candy for a science lesson. >> and she said, "how allergic are you?" i said, "i can't be in the room if we're doing this experiment." and she dismissed me from class, and that prevented my learning. some teachers, you know, really help me out, and some teachers don't understand it. >> heather spoke about her condition at a conference in washington, d.c. she was invited by f.a.a.n., the food allergy and anaphylaxis network. >> it was reall
will come under scrutiny of the u.s. supreme court tomorrow and could have major impact nationally for law enforcement officials. in the past, the law required anyone convicted of a serious crime to provide a dna sample. in 2009 the law changed to include those who are arrested for certain violent crimes. some advocates of the justices of hold maryland -- de melo. we will have coverage from washington beginning on 11 news at 5:00 tomorrow night. >> of baltimore county worker made a gruesome discovery near local high school. the worker found human skeletal remains in a wooded area woodedoverlea i school this afternoon -- and a wooded area near overlea high school this afternoon. >> the bodies of alicia stricklen and taewon tuck were found inside a car friday morning. authorities initially said they may have died from the fire, but now say each was shot before the car was set on fire. there is no word tonight on a suspect or motive. >> pope benedict xvi is allowing the cardinals to elect his successor sooner than march 15. today the hurry the wreckage -- resignation of britain's most senior
, 12 u.s. presidents have slept there, including both roosevelts, both bushes, and obama. it's $195 a night. >> disturbing a little bit. >> not at the same time. >> $195 a night if you use the promo code lincoln. the reason why it's called lincoln stayed here is because all the cast and crew from the steven spielberg's movie stayed there where they filmed it. >> amazing movie. >> san diego is also another spot. >> san diego out here on the west coast, downtown. the u.s. grant, 14 u.s. presidents have slept there, and they have a sweetheart night in deal for $210 a night, and everybody gets an in room movie credit and an in room build your own dessert bar. >> fun. >> again, san diego, you have the zoo. you have lego land. so much to do. >> yes. >> always great weather. >> what if you want to go back to the east coast? >> why would you want to? >> good point. >> if somebody actually wanted to, why would they? >> a lot of people don't realize that upstate new york has over 100 wineries. >> great wine. really great wine. >> there you go. >> it's within a five hour drive of approximately
be flown back to the u.s. >>> still ahead, as we continue on a monday evening, a genuine american hero honored for his extraordinary actions, saving the lives of so many others. an emotional afternoon today at the white house. >>> and later, when they're not cleaning up the streets, these crime fighters are cleaning the windows, making a huge difference for a lot of kids. it's a new day. if your a man with low testosterone, you should know that axiron is here. the only underarm treatment for low t. that's right, the one you apply to the underarm. axiron is not for use in women or anyone younger than 18. axiron can transfer to others through direct contact. women, especially those who are or who may become pregnant, and children should avoid contact where axiron is applied as unexpected signs of puberty in children or changes in body hair or increased acne in women may occur. report these signs and symptoms to your doctor if they occur. tell your doctor about all medical conditions and medications. do not use if you have prostate or breast cancer. serious side effects could include incr
of your mail. >> american airlines and u.s. airlines may merge. ♪ ♪ oh-oh-oh, oh, oh ♪ sometimes ♪ i get a good feeling ♪ yeah ♪ get a feeling that i never, never, never, never had before ♪ ♪ no, no, i get a good feeling ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] all this... only on royal caribbean. ♪ book by february 15th and get up to $400 to spend onboard. call 1-800-royal-caribbean today. >> welcome back. 5:14. it is called this morning -- it is cold this morning. 23 in parkton and taneytown. 30 degrees in annapolis. the big storm isn't two different pieces. -- the big storm is in two different pieces. the big question is where they come together. most of the computer models as the storm exploding in new england. let's take a look at it. i expect some light snow or freezing rain sometime overnight tonight. we should get into the rain tomorrow morning. most of the day will be some rain. it depends on where the low pressure decides to develop. it means rain most of the day. as the storm explodes, some cold air will wrap around the backside and change the rain over to some snow. how much sn
in recent years, only four airlines, american, delta, united and southwest, would be left with 70% of the u.s. market. while airfares haven't risen much in recent years, experts worn, less competition could ultimately drive up prices. >> if you're looking out over the next three or four years of your vacation plans you'll average between 5 and 10% increases year over year once you hit 2014. >> concerned about the overall number of flights available, the cost of those flights. >> more and more mergers, prices are worse, choices are less. doesn't add up. >> reporter: for now, both usairways and american will continue to fly independently. passengers will fly the airline on which they're booked. and until the merger is complete, the frequent flier programs will remain separate. ultimately, a combined frequent flyer program could include tens of millions of people with more destinations to choose from, but all competing for that upgrade or the free trip. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >>> there is news tonight from the world of science. and this could be a day that lasts in medical history.
is not a u.s. citizen, a detective said she will be deported as soon as she finishes serving out her sentence. >> one of the jurors behind a guilty verdict in the phylicia barnes case is talking about what went on behind the scenes the first -- for the first time. the most influential piece of evidence came from michael johnson's own mouth. the recorded conversations between johnson and his family members. the juror said johnson did not show remorse and never claimed he was innocent, and that was a major deal breaker. [indiscernible] he was on air with these conversations saying the things he said and with that attitude. >> johnson was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of the 16-year-old from north carolina. a crucial vote is expected in annapolis this evening on too emotionally charged issues. the fate of a bill to repeal the death penalty and that gun- control legislation are in the hands of the senate. david collins joins us live from annapolis. is a big night there. >> they are discussing the repeal bill right now, with the swing vote now in favor of abolishing the death pena
be a counterfeit. staples reportedly going to start selling apple products at u.s. stores. the deal was announced yesterday. no word if it is true. a flat closed yesterday in terms of trading despite the announcement at a merger between u.s. airways and american airlines. internes and companies get paid more than $6,000 a month. that is more than the average u.s. worker. ibm offer top-rated internships. at the new york stock exchange, i'm jane king, bloomberg news, for wbal-tv 11 news. >> now weather and traffic together on the 1's. >> we do not want our newsroom intern's to hear that. it is quiet this morning. we will make it all the way up to 50 this afternoon. we will see a mix of rain and snow of this evening. a nice day in new york. thunderstorms possible across florida. we will check the seven-day forecast coming up in just a few minutes. >> good morning. still no problem spots to report. you should see a smooth ride this morning. southbound on 95, 10 minutes and no delays. 60 miles per hour on the harrisburg expressway heading south towards the beltway. west side of the beltway, 55 miles p
that congenital heart defects affect one out of every 110 babies in the u.s. the proposed screenings measure the amount of oxygen in the baby's blood. >> still ahead, a well-known conference venue will no longer be putting on shoes. the theater in towson has some plan changes -- will no longer be putting on shows. >> and one county, at least 60 crashes were reported, one of them fatal. >> baltimore county may be a step ahead of the president when it comes to putting key educational programs in p >> live, local, latebreaking. you are watching wbal-tv 11 news at 5:00 p.m., with stan stovall, donna hamilton, and your chief meteorologist tom tasselmyer. wbal-tv 11 news at 5:00 p.m. continues now. >> take a good look at the theater in towson. soon it will look like a completely different place. it has been around for nearly two decades now and was the scene of a mob-like melee last fall. >> rob roblin is live in towson. thus the change have something to do with last year's problem on the streets of towson? >> i talked to the owner earlier and he said absolutely no. he said that have been planning
on the u.s. by hacking. the u.s. wants more fines as part of an aggressive stance against cyber attacks, especially those from china. a chinese military unit was linked to years of stealing secrets on mine from the u.s. and private companies. china says they have nothing to do with the cyber attacks. >> what has the administration done so far? >> the president has signed an executive order. he talked about this in his speech. the in speecunion >> do we know what kind of information is being targeted? >> this is some potentially viable information from private companies. let's give you an example. they could pull information to save millions of dollars in research costs and for bidding wars. >> hallie jackson, thank you. >> 5:27. >> the man convicted of murdering phylicia barnes wants a new trial. a new trial. >> you're watching wbal-tv 11. live, local, late-breaking. this is 11 news today at 5:00 a.m. >> good morning. welcome back to 11 news today. i'm stan stovall. >> and i'm mindy basara. thanks for joining us for 11 news today. here's a look at some of this morning's top stories. the
, with all of this going on, all of this looming, the u.s. senate made a point of reading george washington's farewell address to the chamber today. something they do every year. but, of course, this is no ordinary time, and to the white house we go. nbc's peter alexander standing by there. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. there is bipartisan agreement on one thing, that those sequester cuts will likely go ahead as planned at the end of this week. the white house in congressional republicans have made no progress toward a deal. while there was plenty of talking today, almost all of it was critical of the other side. the latest in the parade of public aofficials issuing dire warnings, homeland security secretary janet napolitano asked if the cuts would increase the likelihood of a terrorist attack. >> we're going to do everything we can to minimize that risk but the sequester makes it awfully, awfully tough. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner. >> if the president was serious, he would sit down with harry reid and begin to address our problems. >> reporter: t
're higher from here by the end of the year. >>> meanwhile, u.s. economic growth was nonexistent in the last quarter of 2012. in fact, the gross domestic product contracted by an unexpected 20%. defense spending and business inventories were down. consumer spending was up. an encouraging sign. >>> big internet signings, facebook beat effect tagss, as diddia hoop. sam am so fell short. boeing pass eed estimates and sd the top priority is to fix the battery problem on the 787 dreamliner. despite big corporate earnings, big investors are worried about what washington may do. >> i think the hardest thing today is being in a section of politics and business don't work. it's very hard for businesspeople to say what politicians are going to do. they do think for noneconomic reasons. >>> meanwhile, blackberry is hoping the new phone and operating system will be the perfect ten. unveiling the new product line. the blackberry 10, it comes with 70,000 apps and it's designed so you only have to carry one phone for both personal and corporate use. >> there's a music store, movie store. that indicates the
other states. not only is virginia home to the pentagon, the world's largest u.s. navy base, but a hub for major defense contractors such as aircraft builders. so the impact over 200,000 jobs, second only to california. you can't want this automatic spending cut to go forward. >> you know, clearly this is not, david, the best way to go about trying to chroontrol spending. and we have demonstrated in the house two separate occasions -- one of the bills we put across the floor and passed i was the sponsor of for that reason. these are indiscriminate cuts. we can do a lot better. what i hope to be able to hear from the president in the state of the union is he wants to join us in trying to effect much smarter cuts in spending. >> but that's what he's saying. >> we don't have to have the impact that you just described. >> why not work with him on short-term measure which he is talking about to delay this, find a different way to go about some of the cuts? >> the problem is, david, every time you turn around the answer is to raise taxes. and, you know, he just got his tax hike on the wealth
of underperformance and disappointment. chiefly because of u.s. stagnation, european recession, and a pause in china's growth. things are beginning to click for the industrial economy, the housing market's coming back and responsible for a tremendous amount of january's advance, whether it be whirlpool, another 52-week high for the spin cycle, or sherwin williams. watching paint dry has never been better. or stock super bowl winner pulte homes. >> buy, buy, buy! >> and let's throw in tripoint, a red hot ipo of a home builder that went to an immediate premium. what else is glittering in this grimy industrial portion of the u.s. geography? how about industrial equipment. industrials gain strength as the month went on. i suspect they will continue to do so as europe stabilizes, america advances, and asia starts to roar. >> buy, buy, buy! >> just like the metaphorical baltimore. california, home of the niners, is coming back strong too. tech, particularly the semiconductors and everything related to the cloud and the internet are roaring here. it's almost as if the incredible slide in apple is fueling d
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